Last Sunday, I received an email from We Care Film Festival Director Satish Kapoor of New Delhi, India that KIDS THREE 21, was chosen to receive an award under the 60-minute category. It is a documentary film on Down Syndrome that I made for my niece, Eleanor Dominguez, then UP M.A. student of Sped Education. The news came in as a surprise.
Scenes from KIDS THREE 21
The docu features geneticist Dr. Carmencita Padilla and nutritionist-dietician Eleanor. It gives the audience an overview of Trisomy 21 or what Down Syndrome is, the maternal risks involved, the plight of parents, and the realities of having a Child with Down Syndrome. A segment focuses on the importance of nutrition awareness and intervention – an element oftentimes neglected because of the conventional stress and attention given to physical and occupational therapies and special education.
Nutritionist-Dietician Eleanor Dominguez and Geneticist Dr. Carmencita Padilla, now UP Manila Chancellor
We Care Film festival is aimed at creating awareness about disability issues through the medium of films and to foster integration in society by spreading the message of ability. The festival also aims at giving a fillip to the rights-based approach where persons with disability are considered persons first. We Care strives to remove the myths, misconceptions, prejudices, and stereotypes about disabled and disability among society through the medium of films. They have demonstrated that short films and documentaries are a powerful medium for educating the public promoting a new approach to disability which guarantees equal rights, opportunities and equal access.
Last but not least, acceptance level of community at large has increased towards persons with disability as a result of We Care Film Festival. Being a powerful medium, these films … proved that psychological acceptance comes much before physical acceptance and which is the first step towards inclusive society. [Click to read the full article about The IMPACT of WE CARE Film Fest]
Jury was headed by Mr. Lov Verma (Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India), Mr. CK Khaitan (Joint Secretary & CEO, National Trust of the Govt Of India), Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman (Director, United Nations Information Centre, India and Bhutan), Prof. Ashok Ogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communicatiion,Dr. Rajeev Lochan (Director, National Gallery of Modern Art), Mr. Anwar Jamal (National award winning film director), Mr. BrIj Bakshi, (former Addl Director General, Doordarshan) and Mr. Deepak Parvatiyar– Satish Kapoor – See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=60052#sthash.H5TXD63x.dpuf
According to Mr. Kapoor, the Award ceremony of the 12th Edition of We Care Film Festival will be held on TUESDAY, 29 September 2015 at the Auditorium of the Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, Institutional Area, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi at 11.00 am.
Last year 2014, Ronald Lim wrote an article about it: With Down, But Not Out
To see the photos when shown during the Cellebration of Down Syndrome Month in 2013, click KIDS Three 21 Premiered at the UP Film Center.